Man maintains active living by going airborne

A resident of an eldercare center and former Navy pilot took a zip around the New Hampshire sky after not having flown in more than 10 years.

Les Hibbert flew for the U.S. Navy during WWII. A few years after the war ended, he founded the Lakes Region Flying Club at Laconia Airport, according to The Citizen of Laconia.

Hibbert is now 92-years-old and still a flying enthusiast. On September 16, he took a Piper Warrior up with his assistant, Sharlene Wood, and a pilot named Lee Avery.

Man maintains active living by going airborne The plane is a single-propeller four-seater and Hibbert flew it well.

"He did most of the flying," Avery told The Citizen. "He took off and flew the plane all over. I think he really loved it."

According to the Department of the Navy, there were only 5,900 pilots in the service at the beginning of WWII. When Hibbert left the military, he was a lieutenant. He eventually became a flight instructor in Bunker Hill, Indiana.

Hibbert now has a grandson who is currently on his way to becoming a Navy pilot.

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